The second week of the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) saw a total seven matches fielded across the country with four teams missing in action as a result of Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards focusing on continental assignments.
Of the biggest winners on the weekend, in terms of impact were Sofapaka and Sony Sugar. The 2009 champions Sofapaka recovered from their 0 – 3 beating in the first match, to sink Kakamega Homeboyz 1 – 0 away in Mumias courtesy of Elli Asieche’s late strike.
As for Sony Sugar, head coach Salim Babu admitted to pressure from the opening day 0 – 1 loss to Wazito FC and heading to the game against Ulinzi Stars at home, his work was cut out – he had to deliver a win and that he did as early as in the 16th minute through Clinton Omondi’s goal.
Ulinzi Stars dominated the game, especially in the second half but Sony’s win ensured the Millers kept their unbeaten run against the Soldiers for the eighth game running.
Mathare United also registered an impressive performance as for the second game running, they came from behind to win, beating visiting Nzoia United 2 – 1 at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.
George Mutimba scored the opening goal for Nzoia who trooped to the clash from an opening day loss but Chrispin Oduor restored parity before Francis Omondi secured the win with a well taken penalty after Festus Okiring had handled in the area.
Being the only team to have played the two match days and kept a 100% record, Mathare United went top and will be beaming with confidence as they head to Afraha Stadium for their third match against Ulinzi Stars, who beat them 5 – 1 in the corresponding fixture last year.
The clash billed match of the weekend saw Posta Rangers and Tusker FC share spoils in a 0 – 0 draw as Ruaraka Stadium, in what was also one of the two matchs to yield no goals in the second week of action. The result left Posta with two points, having been held by AFC Leopards in the opening game, while for Tusker, it signaled an improvement, having lost their opening game against Chemelil Sugar 0 – 2.
Another goalless affair was registered at the Mbaraki Sports club as Bandari FC and Chemelil Sugar, both giant killers in the first week, played to a goalless draw while on the flipside, Thika United and Nakumatt FC, both losers on the opening day played to a pulsating 3 – 3 draw at Ruaraka Stadium.
Thika United, who lost 0 – 1 to Homeboyz in the opening week, will feel the pain of the two dropped points, having led 2 – 0 at some point in the game.
Kariobangi Sharks and newly promoted Vihiga United also shared spoils, after playing to a 2 – 2 sraw at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. For Vihiga, the result marked their first points in the top flight after the opening day loss to Mathare United at Bukhungu, while for Sharks, it moved them to fourth place on the log, having beaten Nzoia Sugar in their opening match.
Two midweek matches are on the cards with AFC Leopards set to play Wazito FC, hoping to improve on the 1 – 1 draw with Fosa Juniors in the CAF Confederations Cup while Gor Gor Mahia, who beat Leone Vegetarianios 2 – 0 in the CAF Champions League, will be taking on Zoo FC, 2 – 4 losers to Ulinzi Stars in the opening week of KPL.